Built back in 1956 and intended for the World Sportscar Championship as well as non-championship sports car races, the Aston Martin DBR 1 is regarded as one of the finest, valuable, successful and instantly recognizable historic racing cars of all time. Widely famous as the victor of the grueling 1959 24 Hours Le Mans, British manufacturer Aston Martin’s only outright victory at the endurance classic, the 1957 DBR 1/2 model actually brought the Le Mans winning trophy in the hands of Carrol Shelby and Roy Salvadori, the motorsports aces who died earlier this year. Now, this single most successful racing car ever built by Aston Martin has been offered on sale by Berkshire-based Ferrari specialist Talacrest, for an astounding price of $31.76 million. Notably, there are very few classic cars that have crossed the sale-price mark of $30 million, including the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, that was sold for $32 million, making it the second most expensive car ever, besides the the vintage 1962 Ferrari GTO that was sold for $35 million earlier this year, making it the most expensive car ever sold at auctions.
Undoubtedly, it’s the pedigree that makes the 1957 DBR 1/2 ir-resistable to racing car enthusiasts worldwide. Further, the Shelby and Salvadori connection will make this car a sought-after among the affluent American collectors. As described by the Talacrest’s founder John Collins, ‘this is an extremely important car which deserves a good home, and is the holy grail of motoring.
The car not only comes with undisputed provenance and ready to race condition, but it’s also road registered and has been used and is legal for many road based touring events.
Fitted with a three-litre engine which put out around 250bhp, the Aston Martin DBR 1/2 was actually designed by chief designer Ted Cutting.
This particular car not just won at 1959 24 Hours Le Mans, but also at Spa, the Nurburgring 1000km, Sebring, and also took first place in the 1959 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood with Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel.
Also, we have earlier told you about the 1:1 scale model of the Aston Martin's 1959 Le Mans race car, by Evanta Motor Company for the savviest fans of Aston Martin classics.